Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-15-2014, 07:31 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
streamslave's Avatar
 
1967 28' Ambassador
Gatlinburg , Tennessee
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 50
Is a weight distribution hitch necessary?

I have a Dodge 3500 diesel dually & was wondering if a Hensley hitch is needed? I towed my project trailer 100 miles or so on just the Reese receiver hitch. (67 28' Ambassador)
I almost have it ready for the road & if I do need a hitch, can someone send a link to a good reliable one?
I've read a few threads on this subject, but with all the opinions & equipment available, it's very confusing.

thanks in advance,
Jerry
__________________

__________________
streamslave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2014, 07:54 PM   #2
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
sandlapper's Avatar
 
1993 34' Excella
York , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2,429
Images: 7
I am sure you will get a variety of answers to your question. Probably all good answers.

I can tell you that I pull my '34 with a 1 ton DWR and don't leave home without my Reese Dual Cam set up. I don't pull it up particularly tight, just enough to allow the sway control part to work without making the ride even more stiff for the trailer.

There are many opinions going both ways. Personally, I would err on the side of caution and use WD/sway control. Been running my Reese set up 25 years. Works great.

John
__________________

__________________
John
WBCCI #3892
Region 3 , 1st VP

Go often to the house of a friend, for weeds choke the unused path........Emerson

Never pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he will just kill you........a wise old man.
sandlapper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2014, 07:55 PM   #3
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
sandlapper's Avatar
 
1993 34' Excella
York , South Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2,429
Images: 7
I probably should add that I run #750 bars. John
__________________
John
WBCCI #3892
Region 3 , 1st VP

Go often to the house of a friend, for weeds choke the unused path........Emerson

Never pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he will just kill you........a wise old man.
sandlapper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 09:35 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
1981 31' Excella II
New Market , Alabama
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5,648
You might want to consider an Airsafe hitch as well. Those big trucks with the stiff suspension tend to shake Airstreams to death.

Perry
__________________
perryg114 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 09:54 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,809
Images: 12
You do not need a WD system with that truck. You may want to consider a sway control system though.

I would suggest you look at the Andersen. While the Andersen is sold as a WD hitch it stronger consideration is it's sway control and simplicity of usage.
__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 12:16 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
PharmGeek's Avatar

 
2014 30' FB FC Bunk
Hoover , Alabama
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 3,377
My 3/4 ton truck with 30fb bunkhouse needs WD in my opinion

I adjusted my hitch a couple times with very little WD applied to see if ride improved - but greatly noticed a difference in my steering

With a 1 ton perhaps it would be imperceptible? Depends on what and how much you load on the truck I suppose?

Many hitches do both sway control and anti sway so to that extent it's moot...

As far as which hitch there are a lot if opinions and personal experience voiced in here as well as some in other sites like RV.net - read till your heart is content - or you get dizzy and or nauseous




Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________
“The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them...We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”


PharmGeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 12:27 PM   #7
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Is a seat belt necessary?

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 12:34 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
dkottum's Avatar
 
2012 25' Flying Cloud
Battle Lake , Minnesota
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 7,716
I would have some concerns about that truck beating up your 28' Airstream. You might look into AirSafe to isolate the trailer from the rough truck suspension and a simple sway control setup.

Or a light truck. Best to match the truck to the Airstream, then an appropriate w.d. hitch with sway control.
__________________
Doug and Cheryl
2012 FC RB, Michelin 16, ProPride 1400
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4X4 Ecodiesel 3.92 axles

The Truth is More Important Than the Facts
dkottum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 12:46 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
PharmGeek's Avatar

 
2014 30' FB FC Bunk
Hoover , Alabama
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 3,377
If you have that thang loaded down a lot then I assume it would be not as rough - but if only a relatively small payload it would be rough


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________
“The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them...We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”


PharmGeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 01:04 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
1981 31' Excella II
New Market , Alabama
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5,648
Those 1 tons have progressive springs on them. They don't tend to move much even with 2000 lbs in the bed. PharmGeek's probably has twice the tongue weight of that 67.

Perry
__________________
perryg114 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 01:10 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
PharmGeek's Avatar

 
2014 30' FB FC Bunk
Hoover , Alabama
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 3,377
Oh I missed that this is a 67.....
__________________
“The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them...We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”


PharmGeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 01:18 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
RickDavis's Avatar

 
1961 24' Tradewind
1969 29' Ambassador
1970 21' Globetrotter
Jamestown , Tennessee
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,781
You can certainly tow it without a WD hitch however it will be more pleasant with one. Probably lighter bars would be fine. Certainly no need for a Hensley though unless you really want to go that way. Reese or similiar will do a fine job
__________________
Rick Davis 1602 K8DOC
61 tradewind, plus a few others
13 Ram 2500 TD
99 Dodge TD 577K miles

RickDavis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2014, 01:45 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
Road Ruler's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
St. Catharines , South Western Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,364
Images: 39
Jerry, in reality you have the perfect TV for a nice, big, heavy triple axle 5er.

For your Airstream a good match would be a half ton pick up, SUV's, or a car.

Any chance you have one of those as a 2nd vehicle?? That way you could save the dually for the heavy duty jobs.
__________________
Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
Road Ruler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2014, 06:24 AM   #14
2 Rivet Member
 
streamslave's Avatar
 
1967 28' Ambassador
Gatlinburg , Tennessee
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 50
Thank you for all the replies & opinions.
Although this matter has been covered several times in the forums, it clarifies my specific need.
I have several more vehicles but not one of them would be able to pull the trailer up a hill let alone across the USA.
Thank you for your time.
Jerry
__________________

__________________
streamslave is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Weight Distribution and Tongue Weight AldeanFan Hitches, Couplers & Balls 28 01-27-2013 11:28 PM
Tongue weight and weight distribution Bex Hitches, Couplers & Balls 8 06-06-2010 01:11 PM
Refined TV weight numbers = required weight distribution? flyfishfred Hitches, Couplers & Balls 4 01-12-2008 09:13 PM
how works a weight distribution hitch remcolent Hitches, Couplers & Balls 5 11-10-2003 07:24 PM
Recommendation on weight distribution hitch davidlaxson Hitches, Couplers & Balls 30 08-31-2003 10:38 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:21 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.